Kathleen + Mike’s wedding at The Inn on the Lake in Canandaigua, NY was one of my all time favorites. Exquisite details mixed with incredibly happy people, a ton of laughter, the best dinner blessing I’ve ever heard (and when things as simple as the dinner blessing is something amazing, you know your whole day must be pretty memorable!). Whether it was a bee interrupting the ceremony, or the surprise fireworks at the end of the night, Kathleen and Mike took in everything that happened with smiles, love and laughter. If I could photograph this day over and over again, I would in a heartbeat.
Elena + Alex planned to have their entire wedding, getting ready and all, at White Birch Golf Course, which made the day super easy for us! We arrived a little early and had one of the most relaxed wedding days I can remember! Elena planned every detail to perfection and left a ton of extra time in her schedule so she didn't need to feel rushed at all. There were a couple times where super dark blue storm clouds rolled by above us (one of those times being about 3 minutes before the ceremony), but we lucked out with no rain, and a beautiful sunset at the end of the night.
Being a wedding photographer in Buffalo means I've done a ton of wedding day portraits at Delaware Park. However, until this year, I had never had a wedding reception at Marcy Casino, so I was just a little bit extra excited for Megan + Foster's wedding - because new reception venue's excite me. I'm weird like that.
Anyway, not only was the reception venue exciting, but Megan + Foster are two of the sweetest, happiest souls I know. Their engagement portraits were one of my favorite sessions as the chemistry they have together can't be denied. Getting to meet Megan at her parent's house for the morning allowed me to capture all the nervous excitement, and get to meet her fur baby (dogs make wedding days just a bit more complete, I think). I absolutely love the anticipation of a wedding day morning, and how it sets the tone for the whole day.
Julia + Mark were married last Saturday at Camp Mission Meadows in Jamestown, NY (about an hour south of Buffalo, NY). From the moment I arrived for the getting ready portraits at Moonbrook Country Club, I knew we were going to have an amazing day. Julia was practically bursting with excitement, randomly saying things like, "I'm getting married today!" with a squeal at the end. And her bridesmaids and both moms (of the bride and groom) were just as excited.
But it was at the ceremony that I truly realized how much time Julia and Mark spent making sure that this day included everyone that was special to them. Julia's father performed the ceremony, which basically made me tear up as soon as he started speaking. Her mother and aunt sang, while her brother accompanied them on piano. All of their siblings each read a verse from the bible that Julia and Mark felt spoke to them and their love for one another. And they were married at the place they first met over 7 years ago as campers in high school.
These two were high school sweethearts that made a long distance relationship last over seven years, through college, some med school, and hundreds of miles. I was truly touched by the entire day, and the love that flowed not only between Julia + Mark, but between both families, and all of their friends.
I have been absolutely loving all the family portrait sessions I've had lately! I don't get around to blogging most of them, because I'd rather take the time editing them all and turning them around to my clients quicker, but I am meaning to change that - otherwise how will anyone else ever get to see them? So I may be few on words over the next several blog posts, but I'll be showing more pictures! :)